Movie actors Tara Sutaria and Arjun Kapoor are currently promoting their upcoming movie The Return of Villain Ek and in one of the recent interviews, the actors were asked about pay parity and how male and female stars sometimes don’t get an equal platform in a film. Tara, who has previously appeared in Student of the Year 2 and Tadap, said it doesn’t have to be a huge conversation, but some changes could be made on the ground level. “It can be small things. It doesn’t have to be a big conversation about the big things we’re doing wrong. It can be about the little things and the little differences that we can make,” she told Pinkvilla.
Tara mentioned that often male celebrities are referred to as “sir” by paparazzi photographers, but female celebrities of the same age are simply addressed by their first name. Tara explained, “I noticed that, in a lot of paparazzi videos, you will notice a male celebrity and a female celebrity, and the male celebrity will always be called sir, but the woman who is the same age will never be called such and such madam because she just doesn’t get that (respect)…”
She continued, “And not that we want that respect. We are all very young, we don’t want to be called madam or damn it or whatever, but it’s this very general sense of “man is bigger and therefore he should be given more respect”. That’s what I say, it comes from little things like that. As if we could change little things like that, it could move mountains.
Talking about pay parity, Arjun mentioned that among the current generation of actors, Alia Bhatt is expected to charge way more than any of her male or female contemporaries after Gangubai Kathiawadi’s performance at the box office.
Tara and Arjun star alongside John Abraham and Disha Patani in Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain Returns. The film is set to hit theaters on July 29.